Playoffs get hot, heavy now

This week, the postseason parade on the softball and baseball diamonds heats up with regional tournaments for all the non-Poteau softball teams that won district titles last week — Heavener (Class 3A), Panama (Class 2A), Pocola (Class 2A), Wister (Class 2A) and Howe (Class A) — and Wister's baseball team in Class A. By the time you read this, the Leflore Savages (Class B) may be added to this list as their winner-take-all district title game was suspended by rain Saturday in Leflore and resumed Monday afternoon with the Savages leading the Buffalo Valley Buffaloes 7-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning.The Poteau Lady Pirates will begin their playoffs this afternoon in the Class 4A District Tournament, welcoming the Roland Lady Rangers to town.The playoff schedule is listed at the end of this column. However, the Class B Baseball Regional Tournament will not, since at press time, the Leflore-Buffalo Valley district title game will not have been completed. If the Savages hold on for the win, not only will their story the rest of the game be in Wednesday's edition but so, too, will be the Class B Regional Tournament schedule.ScheduleSoftballTuesdayPlayoffsClass 4ADistrict TournamentRoland at Poteau, DH, 4 p.m.Regular SeasonPanama and Sequoyah-Tahlequah at Red Oak, TBA.ThursdayClass 3ARegional TournamentAt OktahaStigler vs. Oktaha, noon; Heavener vs. Morris, 2 p.m.; Stigler-Oktaha loser vs. Heavener-Morris loser, 4 p.m.; Stigler-Oktaha winner vs. Heavener-Morris winner, 6 p.m.Class 3ARegional TournamentAt WisterWister vs. Colbert, noon; Panama vs. Pocola, 2 p.m.; Wister-Colbert loser vs. Panama-Pocola loser, 4 p.m.; Wister-Colbert winner vs. Panama-Pocola winner, 6 p.m.Class ARegional TournamentAt Wright CityHowe vs. Wright City, noon; Rattan vs. Porum, 2 p.m.; Howe-Wright City loser vs. Rattan-Porum loser, 4 p.m.; Howe-Wright City winner vs. Rattan-Porum winner, 6 p.m.FridayClass 3ARegional TournamentAt Oktaha4 p.m. Thursday winner vs. 6 p.m. Thursday loser, noon; noon winner vs. 6 p.m. Thursday winner, 2 p.m.; if-game, 4 p.m.Class 2ARegional TournamentAt Wister4 p.m. Thursday winner vs. 6 p.m. Thursday loser, noon; noon winner vs. 6 p.m. Thursday winner, 2 p.m.; if-game, 4 p.m.Class ARegional TournamentAt Wright City4 p.m. Thursday winner vs. 6 p.m. Thursday loser, noon; noon winner vs. 6 p.m. Thursday winner, 2 p.m.; if-game, 4 p.m.BaseballFridayClass ARegional TournamentAt ByngTushka vs. Latta, 2 p.m.; Wister vs. Byng, 4 p.m.; Tushka-Latta winner vs. Wister-Byng winner, 6 p.m. (winner to state)SaturdayClass ARegional TournamentAt ByngTushka-Latta loser vs. Wister-Byng loser, 2 p.m.; 2 p.m. winner vs. 6 p.m. Friday loser, 4 p.m. (winner to state)